6 unconventional HDB layouts which may be tough in your ID, Life-style Information

Regardless of being a public housing scheme, HDB is surprisingly experimental; over time they’ve provide you with many ingenious designs. And uh… some that aren’t.

Whereas all the following are completely useful, they might pose extra challenges, and provides your inside designer a little bit of a headache. Listed here are a few of the layouts which you may be higher off avoiding if you need a better time with renovations:

A fast explainer on why we like squarish rooms

A lot of the criticism right here is centred round odd nooks and corners and on round or curved partitions. Whereas these can look novel (at first), they’re difficult from an inside design perspective, and are typically dear.

The straightforward reality is that almost all constructing supplies and furnishings are manufactured in squarish shapes. Metal frames, counter tops, flooring tiles, and so on. are squarish. Mattress frames and couch units are nearly at all times rectangular. That is so intuitive, that even the pattern tiles or materials are introduced to us as squares.

So, when you have got a curved inside or one with loads of angles, your contractor must make extra measurements, cuts, and changes to get issues flush towards the partitions. Flooring tiles additionally are likely to have extra alignment issues, when your room has odd or round shapes. Some contractors even cost further if they should do flooring for weird-shaped rooms.

For round partitions, you’re extra more likely to want {custom} furnishings, except you’re glad to push a sq. desk or mattress up towards a curved wall. That can imply a waste of area behind the furnishings, and the spot is a ache to wash. 

Additionally, round rooms can create a “booming” impact (that’s why some live performance halls and opera homes have curved partitions). Nice if you wish to hear an orchestra; much less so in case you’re holding a cocktail party and each dialog will get amplified.

Lastly, twists and turns make a room much less spacious and are much less conducive to pure lighting. Between a sq. 200 sq. ft. room and a 150 sq. ft. room with a 50 sq. ft. nook, the sq. room will appear and feel extra spacious.

1. Goodview Gardens at Bukit Gombak (Blocks 393 to 395)


The models on this mission consist primarily of 4 and five-room flats. They had been one of many alternative choices for Hillview Avenue residents, whose properties underwent the Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) in 2003.

The five-room flats listed below are a bit greater than typical, as the everyday dimension is between 107 to 113 sqm. Nevertheless, the format of the bedrooms is clunky and arduous to work with. For unverifiable causes*, all frequent bed room home windows had been made to jut out at a weird 45-degree angle. 

This makes it more durable to make use of the area effectively, and obstructs a few of the pure lighting. 

*We’re informed the flat is near Gombak Camp, which is a delicate navy space; so the home windows are angled to look away from the hill.

As an apart, we discovered an identical design at blocks 11 to fifteen on Farrer Park Street. The home windows appear to be angled away from the Istana, maybe for comparable safety causes. Right here, the format is present in three, 4, and five-room flats. 


 2. Sembawang Blue Riverview (Blocks 468A to 468D)


This mission has roomy 5-room flats at 118 sqm., in addition to Govt flats at a beneficiant 137 sqm. Sadly, the spaciousness is offset by the “pizza slice” configuration. 

The funnel-like form makes it arduous to place furnishings, and one thing simply feels off about an enormous lounge that tapers to some extent. Visually, the format is uncomfortable as a result of it’s troublesome to course of the place the centre of the lounge is. Take into account how awkward it could be to discover a spot to centre the espresso desk/couch set. 

The area towards the tapering finish simply seems to be cluttered, because it narrows down its size; however on the similar time, it’s loads of wasted sq. footage, in case you go away it naked. 

3. Block 288A to 289G, Bukit Batok Road 25


It is a uncommon, double-storey govt maisonette; big at 165 sqm. The format options an odd angle, with the stairwell slicing diagonally in entrance of the lounge. 

The 2 bedrooms on the higher ground characteristic odd corners; and if you climb to the highest of the steps, you’re going through an odd nook somewhat than a large touchdown, or the rooms. 

With so many odd corners, these models are a problem to furnish.

4. Block 288A to 289G, Bukit Batok Road 2


This Govt Residence has one of many oddest examine areas we’ve seen. One of many classroom partitions is curved; and whereas it could look fascinating, there are few items of furnishings (that aren’t custom-made) which are designed to suit such areas. 

Additionally, the a part of the lounge that’s between the examine, lavatory, and bedrooms isn’t very giant. The area will shortly look cluttered in case you attempt to furnish it; however in case you go away it empty, it’s a major waste of area. 

5. Sembawang Solar Bliss and Solar Trellis (Block 356A to 360C, and Blocks 340A to 341C)


The five-room layouts are a few of the oddest we’ve seen. The semi-circular balcony is novel, however the main bedroom options loads of lifeless area. Discover the hall between the doorway of the main bedroom, and the toilet subsequent to it – that is pure waste area, as placing something right here will block the entry. 

The marginally curved wall within the Grasp Bed room is, as we’ve talked about above, fairly powerful to furnish. Few items of furnishings match properly in rounded corners. 

Lastly, be aware the uncomfortably cramped bottleneck, which kinds on the nexus of the bedrooms, lavatory, and classroom. This space can be certain to be fairly darkish, because it doesn’t admit a lot pure mild.

That is one other format, which might be present in the identical mission. Just like the one above, it is a format that options a variety of odd corners. The main bedroom has one curved nook, whereas the opposite corners are at straight angles: and it’s not a neat circle both. That is more likely to look odd irrespective of the way you costume it up.

The identical improvement additionally had the layouts under, which a lot of the identical points. Notice the frequent bed room home windows, that are pushed to at least one facet of the wall somewhat than being centred (bedrooms 1 and a pair of). 


6. Block 733, Sembawang Shut


This roomy 139 sqm unit is alright in most respects, though there’s a little bit of wasted area between the three bedrooms. Essentially the most uncommon characteristic right here is the bed room home windows in bed room two, and the round nook it creates. 

To be clear, these layouts aren’t horrible, and inside designer can nonetheless work round them. However they’re more likely to price extra and swimsuit a smaller vary of themes. For assistance on these points attain out to us at Stacked, and you can even observe us for evaluations of latest and resale developments to be forewarned

ALSO READ: Find out how to furnish an introvert’s dwelling

This text was first revealed in Stackedhomes.

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